Rivett Sets Croft Pace To Interrupt Bushell’s Pole Streak


Paul Rivett has taken his first Renault UK Clio Cup pole position for twelve months after topping the timesheets in qualifying at Croft to end Mike Bushell’s run of consecutive poles.

Setting the pace for the first time since the corresponding meeting twelve months ago, Rivett’s best effort of 1m 31.458s put him clear of the pack by over quarter of a second.

It was much closer on second best times however with the top five split by only four hundredths of a second, with Bushell edging the group to make it five poles out of six.

Bushell will line-up third on the grid for the opening race meanwhile, with Rivett in the same position for race two – David Dickenson and Josh Price taking front-row starts.

For Dickenson, it marked his best qualifying performance since his return to the series at the start of the year, while Price matched his seasons best effort from Thruxton.

Price completes the top six on the grid for the opening race behind Lee Pattison and Charlie Ladell, while occupying row four are two drivers who wanted more from the session, Max Coates and Ant Whorton-Eales.

For race two, Dickenson lines up fourth ahead of Coates, Senna Proctor, Pattison and Ladell – Proctor having posted the tenth best effort for race one.

Whorton-Eales will line up eleventh for race two, sharing row six with newlywed Daniel Rowbottom, who will line up ninth for the opener.

Starting from the back of the grid in both races meanwhile will be George Jackson after an early off curtailed his session before he could set a representative time.

Full qualifying results can be found here.